The Austin Chronicle ran an article today talking about the New Works Theatre community in Austin and the recent grant received from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation.
Austin’s national reputation as a theatre city, one in which exceptional new work is generated and supported, just received a big boost – a $90,000 boost. That’s how much the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded to a newly formed coalition of area theatre companies and theatre artists that develop and produce new material for the stage. The grant will support the efforts of these groups and individuals over the next year and a half to plan, collaborate, and share resources in a systematic way that will make Austin, in the grant’s words, “a national center of new work that nurtures artists and audiences within a resilient and diverse cultural ecosystem.” If that goal is achieved, the system established here could serve as a model for other theatre scenes around the country.
It’s some exciting news for the Austin Creative Alliance and the Austin theatre community, so head over there for the full article.